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Happy Spring 2009
Please check out my new website:
Gary J. Wolff (in Tokyo, Japan)
Welcome to MY Space.....
not to be confused with that OTHER one !
It's my take on Japan, Texas, and the world.
A handshake with Layla, shortly before swimming with her on Thurs. April 9,
(Click the arrow above to start the slideshow. The entire album can be viewed HERE.)
Videos of my April 6-10, 2009 Palau Vacation
(Click any of the arrows above to view that video.
The entire video playlist can be viewed HERE.)
View the entire cherry blossom slideshow HERE.
Sayonara flowers from the beautiful office ladies at the construction
co. where I worked for nearly 16 years
What a lucky guy !
2nd stage indoor portion of the cherry blossom viewing party with my
What a lucky guy !
(View in separate window here.)
Amen & a big BRAVO to the Honorable Daniel Hannan, MEP from South East England.
An amazing Brit with "cojones."
I just wish there was someone in Washington who'd give this same talk to Obummer.
"You cannot carry on
the productive bit of the economy
in order to fund an unprecedented engorgement of the unproductive bit."
(View videos in separate window here.)
The Kecske Broasca (ケチカ・ブラスカ) band at their Mar. 20, 2009 concert that was part
of the Spring Flower Party at the Mosaic Ginza Hankyu Dept. store (モザイク銀座阪急) in Tokyo.
Alan Patton (アラン・パトン) - accordion （アコーディオン）
Miki Komatsubara (小松原未衣) - 5-string violin （バイオリン）
"Japan is a 'SAFETY' country !!"
|March 17, 2009
This is to inform the American community that the U.S. Embassy has recommended that the embassy community avoid frequenting Roppongi bars and clubs in Tokyo due to a significant increase in reported drink-spiking incidents. American citizens may choose to avoid frequenting drinking establishments in this area as well.
The number of reports of U.S. citizens being drugged in bars has increased significantly in recent weeks. Typically, the victim unknowingly drinks a beverage that has been secretly mixed with a drug that renders the victim unconscious for several hours, during which time large sums of money are charged to the victim's credit card or the card is stolen outright. Victims sometimes regain consciousness in the bar or club, while at other times the victim awakens on the street.
Because this type of crime is already widespread in Roppongi bars and is on the rise, the U.S. Embassy has recommended that members of the embassy community avoid frequenting drinking establishments in this area. American citizens may consider this recommendation as it applies to their own behavior. If you, nevertheless, choose to participate in Roppongi night life, we urge you to remain extra vigilant of your surroundings and maintain a high level of situational awareness. Establishments in the area of Roppongi Intersection (Roppongi Dori and Gaienhigashi-dori) have had the highest level of reported incidents.
U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
American Citizen Services
1-10-5 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420
Photo courtesy Hiroyoshi Sakano
Peach blossoms in Edogawa Ward, Tokyo
Mar. 15, 2009
A construction worker shows off the upper half of
still-smiling Colonel Sanders statue recovered
from the bottom of the Dotonbori River in central Osaka
on Mar. 10, after he took a 24-year dip. Ecstatic Hanshin Tigers
baseball fans had accidentally tossed the Colonel into the river in 1985
after the team took the Central League title for the 1st time in 21 years.
The very rare phenomenon known as "Pearl Fuji" was captured
by photographer Yutaka Muraishi in the pre-dawn hours of March 12
when the full moon set into the cone of Mt. Fuji.
Slinging mud at Chiba's Warabi no Doronko Festival, by Karin Geen
Cherry blossoms and Mt. Fuji
Photo courtesy Nozomi Kurihara
The Japanese Doll Festival
or Girls' Day, is held
on March 3. Platforms with a red hi-mōsen are used to display a set
of ornamental dolls (hina-ningyō) representing the Emperor, Empress,
attendants, and musicians in traditional court dress of the Heian period.
Ted Evan Stewart
March 22, 1957 - January 9, 2008
(His special memorial webpage has just been updated with 26 new videos.)
(almost 1000 images)
me straight to the Exciting Photo Gallery
Exciting Japan Photos
Exciting Texas Photos
Exciting Mountain Photos
Exciting Disney Kid Photos
Exciting Halloween Photos
Exciting Friend and Family Photos
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 2
More Exciting Friend and Family Photos, Page 3
Exciting President George W. Bush Photo Gallery
Exciting Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps Photos
Exciting Suisho-dake & Washiba-dake Mountain Climbing Photos, Northern Japan Alps
Exciting Cherry Blossoms in Japan Photos
Exciting Fall Colors in Japan Photos
Exciting Jii-ga-take Mountain Climbing Photos, Northern Japan Alps
A photo tribute to my uncle Larkland P. "Larkie" Colebrooke
Exciting Halloween 2005 in Tokyo Photos
Exciting Fall Colors in Yoro Keikoku Valley Photos, Boso Peninsula, Chiba
Exciting Shirouma-dake (Hakuba) Mountain Climbing Photos
Exciting Tokyo Bay Fishing at Miura Kaigan Photos-- Saturday, June 16, 2007
Exciting Guam Vacation Photos -- March 19-22, 2007
Exciting Mt. Kashimayari-ga-dake Mountain Climbing Photos -- Aug. 11-13, 2007
Exciting Houston Vacation Photos -- Sept. 8-17, 2007
Exciting Saipan Vacation Photos -- Nov. 23-28, 2007
Exciting Mt. Yakushi-dake Mountain Climbing Photos, Aug. 9-11, 2008
Exciting Gary's Santa Pics
A special memorial webpage to honor our departed friend, Ted Evan Stewart
--------------------EXCITING SLIDE SHOWS--------------------
In the Garden (pps)
Ten Things God Won't Ask (pps)
Life on the Train (pps)
Marvelous Antarctica (pps)
Spectacular Pictures (pps)
Wonderful World (pps)
Amazing Picture Show (pps)
Happy Canada Day (pps)
The Interview with God
There is hope for us all.....right now
The Center of the Bible (pps)
Live a Life that Matters (pps)
Colors of the World (pps)
Magnificent World Mountains (pps)
Golf Truisms (pps)
Winter Day (pps)
(These PowerPoint (pps) files are rather
may take a while to download, depending on the speed of your connection.
Perhaps it is better to save them to your hard disk first, and then to view them locally.
If you do not have PP on your computer, you can download a free viewer here.)
-----------------A TRIBUTE TO DAD-----------------
(Dec. 22, 1932--June 7, 2004)
-- take the tour through the almost 50-year career of one of the
best fast-pitch softball pitchers who ever walked on this planet --
Also, you can read dad's obituary
Dancin' Cowboy Gary
(Click on the various buttons on the left side of this page
to change my dance moves or the music!)
A very funny TV commercial
Bill Maher's New Rules
The End of the World
Firecracker Day to you !!
(Oh, you mean it's not the 4th of July yet? Darn....)
ALL WIVES: Wanna be sure of pleasing your man?
Then "The Good Wife's Guide" is a must read !! (he-he)
Feeling a bit down? Click here to boost your spirits with the "Automatic Flatterer"
to identify if your cow has MAD COW DISEASE
(courtesy: Mr. Lenny Burns)
A really cool Honda Accord advertisement
Clock that follows your mouse pointer around the screen
(works best with Internet Explorer browser)
The Magic Pinwheel
The Leader of the Free World
DRINK MORE BEER -- It's GOOD for you and HERE'S the proof !!
The Flash Mind Reader
The History of the
(Not for virgin ears. Recommended ages: 18 or over)
Engrish.com -- Engrish Favorites from Japan and around the World
The Industrious Clock
Lady Liberty Fireworks
You Don't Know Jack Schitt
there was ever any question as to which brand
of soy sauce you should use, here's your answer.
Earth Lights from Space
(It may be over, but the dancing never ends!)
Fireworks over Tokyo Bay
3D Rotating Clock
Las Vegas Striptease Girl
(a virtual slide show)
The history and lyrics of the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas"
Smiles to Help Brighten Your Day
George Carlin's Latest Theory on Life
Paradox of Our Age
former pastor of Seattle's Overlake Christian Church
The Twilight Zone page
(the original splash page for www.garywolff.com)
My Tribute to Sigi Rindler, a.k.a.
(updated Dec. 26, 2008)
"What Will Matter"
by Michael Josephson
Ten Guidelines from God
This Place I Go
When God Made You
Thank You to our Troops for a Job Well Done !
(Commentaries by Michael Josephson)
Center of the Bible
(if you have PowerPoint & a high-speed connection,
it's worth the wait....trust me)
(hey, WHAT'S wrong with being a COWBOY, anyways ??!!)
Former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's 12 Rules for Life
very moving and inspirational "Interview with God" presentation
(The words to the poem can be viewed here)
Don't be discouraged. There is hope for us all.....right now.
(Set your priorities. Take care of your rocks first.)
What is the Meaning of Life?
(updated Jan. 20, 2009)
Free (To Wear Sunscreen)
by Baz Luhrmann
Going to College
Life's Many Little Lessons
of Faith in an Apocalyptic Age
by the Reverend John Donald Craig
(Jan. 3, 1915 - Nov. 1, 2002)
A Vanished Friend
The Most Beautiful Flower
Summer of '99 is Over, but the Memories Linger On........
(a short slide show)
My Japanese Abode
A in J Fortune (Associates in Japan)
(English language programs, homestays, website design services)
Please check out my
English Conversation Lounge,
(this week’s required Japan reading by Reg Dunlap)
of the Week
(from Metropolis, Japan's No. 1 English Magazine)
Vending Machines of Japan
Photo Documentary of Kamagasaki, the largest slum in Japan
(by Shannon Higgins)
TokyoDV -- News, Photos, Products, and Online Videos from Japan
Japanese Streets -- Exclusive Shots of Japan's Trendy Street Fashion -- 150% Cool
Cherry Blossoms in Japan
here to see some spectacular fall scenery
from the Northern Japan Alps
Live Concert Schedules for Some of My Favorite Tokyo Musicians:
Maro Sakai (Marble Tears)
More Tokyo Concert Info
Just How Crowded IS it on Toyko Trains, Anyways?
Gary's Tokyo-Houston News Beacon
What's Newsworthy in Japan These Days?
Live Minicam View of Mt. Fuji
(Japan Time = GMT + 9 hours)
Rob's Japan FAQ: Know Before You Go
(Visiting or relocating to Japan? Get your questions answered here)
(fine photographic images of Japan)
More Japan Links
More Tokyo Links
|Attention all stargazers !! If you're interested in satellites or astronomy, you've come to the right place! Their aim is to provide you with all the information you need to observe satellites such as the International Space Station and the Space Shuttle, spectacular events such as the dazzlingly bright flares from Iridium satellites, as well as a wealth of other space flight and astronomical information. They not only provide the times of visibility, but also detailed star charts showing the satellite's track through the heavens. All their pages, including the graphics, are generated in real-time and customized for your location and time zone.|
Wake-Up Call -- Flight Day 15
-- Columbia Space Shuttle Mission STS-107,
a 2:50 min. music video essay by Chris Valentine
(The song "Imagine" by John Lennon is the actual music the 7 astronauts woke up to this day,
just 2 days before they perished upon reentry on Feb. 1, 2003)
The above represents
the planetary alignment as of June 5, 2005.
Input your own custom set of parameters at Solar System Live.
Worlds: The Universe Within
View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth.
Then move through space towards the Earth
in successive orders of magnitude until you reach
a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida.
After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf
into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls,
the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally,
into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons.
the first time ever, a camera mounted to the Atlantis space shuttle's
external tank offered a view of the ride to orbit on Oct. 7, 2002
well there's no little bouncing ball, nor color-highlighted text,
but you've got the words and the music, so.....Get After It !!!
The Time of My Life
by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes
(from the movie "Dirty Dancing")
Like about Texas
by Gary P. Nunn
by Gary P. Nunn
you (to our Armed Forces)
by Hank Brake
by Steve Holy
by Savage Garden
Who am I
by Casting Crowns
by Kenny Nolan
In My Daughter's
by Martina McBride
I Have This Dance?
by Anne Murray
by John Lennon
Place in the Sun
by Stevie Wonder
Everything I Do...
I Do It For You
by Bryan Adams
Do You Remember?
by Phil Collins
by John and Yoko Lennon
The Yellow Rose of
by J. K.
My Resume (zzzzzzzzz...)
Gary's Past Life in the States
(no longer maintained)
Previous Versions of this Welcome Page:
New Year's 2009
Happy Spring 2008
Happy Valentine's Day 2008
New Year's 2008
New Year's 2007
(Click here to see my Photo Highlights of 2006.)
Xmas 2006 in Japan
New Year's 2006
(Click here to see my special New Year's 2006 email greeting to all my family and friends.)
Merry Xmas from Japan !! (2005)
Japan's Spectacular Fall Colors (2005)
Summertime !!! (2005)
Spring has Sprung in Japan !!! (2005)
Happy Chinese New Year's 2005
New Year's 2005 ("2004--the Year in Pictures" photo collage, plus Samurai Gary)
Run-up to the 2004 Presidential Election
(Click here to see my special Election 2004 page.)
Happy Summer !! (2004)
In Loving Memory of Dad--1932-2004 (June 2004)
Golden Week Boredom (2004)
I Love Spring !! (2004)
Mars Rover Photos -- February 2004
New Year's 2004 ("2003--the Year in Pictures" photo collage)
Christmas 2003 (Blue Santa Gary)
The View from the Top of Japan -- Fall 2003
Japan is NOT a Safe Country !! -- Summer 2003
Operation Iraqi Freedom -- Spring 2003
A Special Tribute to Space Shuttle Columbia -- Feb. 2003
Christmas 2002 (Santa Gary)
Fishing, Climbing, C&W Dancing -- Fall 2002
Fuji-Xerox World Cup Soccer Ad -- Summer 2002
Body Sculpting in the Northern Japan Alps -- Fall 2001
Cherry Blossoms along the Tama River -- Spring 2001
Email to President George W. Bush -- Feb. 20, 2001
Happy 21st Century !! -- New Year's 2001
Japan's Spectacular Fall Colors -- Fall 2000
A Summer Night in Japan -- Summer 2000
New Year's 2000 (Geisha Gary)
Fall '99 (Ricky "Gary" Martin)
Summer Fun in Japan -- Summer '99
Spring has Come (春が来た) -- Spring '99
'98 Nagano, Japan Winter Olympics
Original Home Page published January 27, 1997
Well, I guess that's all for
now. Thanks for visiting.
I sincerely hope this web site has been a culturally rewarding experience for you (joke).
It's grown considerably since first being launched in Jan. '97,
and it is unlikely you will be able to see everything in only 1 visit.
So please bookmark this site and come back when you can stay longer.
Or as we say back in Texas,
"Y'all cum back now, ya heah?"
Happy surfing !!
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me a line if you have time.
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or would just like to yell at me,
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